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Eye On Design: Multimo Sofa By Pierre Paulin

multimo sofa by pierre paulin photo by gail worley
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Mushrooms, oysters, Tongues, and tulips are some of the iconic shapes French designer Pierre Paulin (19272009) was best known for creating. Having trained under Parisian designer Marcel Gascion, Paulin was influenced by the Scandinavian aesthetic as well as American pre-fabricated designs by Charles and Ray Eames, and Florence Knoll. Continue reading Eye On Design: Multimo Sofa By Pierre Paulin

Eye On Design: Gothic Sofa By Kimbel and Cabus

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This visually arresting, deep-teal hued Gothic sofa by Kimbel and Cabus (circa 1875) presents a paradox. The angled arms and legs meet to suggest adjustability or flexibility, but the strong mortise-and-tenon joints that secure the legs and rails render motion impossible.

turquoise gothic sofa by kimbel and cabus photo by gail worley

By creatively inverting German architect Edwin poplar’s angled rear chair leg, the firm created a surprisingly forward-looking sofa design.

turquoise gothic sofa by kimbel and cabus photo by gail worley

Photographed in the Brooklyn Museum as Part of the Exhibit Modern Gothic: The Inventive Furniture of Kimbel and Cabus, 1863–82, on View Through February 13th, 2022.

Eye On Design: Z Chair and Serie Fil Multi-Function Table By François Arnal

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François Arnal (19242012) was a multidisciplinary French artist who was primarily known as a painter and sculptor. In 1968 he set up Atelier A (Workshop A) to publicize the works of furniture designers. I recently popped into art furniture gallery Demisch Denant on  West 12th Street and was thrilled to find that they had two of Arnal’s most iconic peices on display! Let’s take a closer look.

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Eye On Design: The Triple 78 Chair By Jack White

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Musician Jack White has just launched Jack White Art & Design, a comprehensive new multimedia website cataloging his creative work that spans more than two decades. Showcasing key projects within practices such as Industrial Design, Interior Design, Furniture & Upholstery, and Graphic Design, among other disciplines, Worleygig is excited to feature White’s Triple 78 Chair in this week’s Design column.

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Eye On Design: Table Lamp By Josef Hoffmann

table lamp by josef hoffmann photo by gail worley
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Josef Hoffman designed this stylized Table Lamp in 1904, when artificial light sources were shifting from gas to electric, which challenged designers to innovate in accordance with the new technology.

table lamp by josef hoffmann photo by gail worley

Rather than putting shades around the bulbs, Hoffmann left the light source exposed. The suspended glass spheres echo the bulbs shape and draw further attention to the new technology as they catch and reflect the electric light. The lamp was manufactured by Konrad Schindel of Denmark.

table lamp by josef hoffmann photo by gail worley

Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan.

Eye On Design: Sam Maloof, Cradle Cabinet

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“When you’re working, there’s a communion between the object-maker and the material, [and] it transcends into something much greater,” said  furniture designer and woodworker Sam Maloof.  “When you make something and someone likes it, enjoys it and all, you’re paid tenfold.”

sam maloof cradle cabinet photo by gail worley
Cradle Cabinet, Detail

Maloof was one of the United States’ preeminent woodworkers during the second half of the twentieth century. In 1966, Paul J. Smith, Director of the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), invited Maloof to show his Cradle Cabinet in a thematic exhibition, The Bed. A masterpiece of woodworking skill and sensitivity, the cabinet is also innovative in its design, combining all of the functional needs of a newborn’s nursery into a single piece of furniture.

sam maloof cradle cabinet photo by gail worley
Installation View

Photographed in The Museum of Arts and Design in NYC.

Eye On Design: New York Night Lighting Installation By Alison Berger

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A dramatic evocation of a downpour at nightfall, a convergence of nature and the urban world, New York Night is an installation of 120 hand-blown crystal pendants majestically cascades 90 feet through a six-story staircase, engaging the viewer in an ever-changing pattern of expansion and compression, much like the rhythm of a rain storm itself.

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Set against the backdrop of polished charcoal venetian plaster, which amplifies each drops amber glow, the composition renders mirrored pools of street light and captures the cities landscape in reflection. Continue reading Eye On Design: New York Night Lighting Installation By Alison Berger